Friday, July 3, 2020

Connecting the Data Dots for Better Fraud Defense

When I helped revitalize a fraud program for a state revenue department, I was surprised by what the data told us. Why, for instance, would identity theft fraud be concentrated in counties starting with an ''A'' but improper deductions be concentrated more haphazardly? Why...

IRS, States and Tax Industry Ask for Public’s Help to Fight Identity Theft

Guest Writers: John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service Gale Garriott, Executive Director, Federation of Tax Administrators With tax season underway and millions of families expecting refunds, the entire tax community is working together to fight back against tax-related identity theft. The time is now to protect your...

Heard Around the World

When millions of records containing personal data for current and former federal employees were stolen through the infamous U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach in 2015, no one could have possibly anticipated the fall out, other than to predict it would be bad....

More is Less

Deep down, criminals believe that they deserve more. Whether they want more money, another luxury vehicle, expensive jewelry or a fancy lifestyle, their selfish desire to claim more out of life than they deserve usually leaves them with less in the end. ...

Living Large

When you think of ''living large,'' images of fancy homes, luxurious vacations and expensive cars might pop into your head. Members of a fraud ring in Ohio may have had similar thoughts when participating in a scheme that netted millions of dollars from filing...

Straightforward with a Twist

Sometimes investigations into fraud start out in a straightforward manner with a predicted prosecution and conviction in sight. But, today’s fraud article is a little different. It details the story of a very deceptive man from Mexico who used the stolen identity of a...

Eroding Trust

There's no doubt that fraud erodes trust, especially when it involves our nation's most vulnerable citizens. An article posted on WTSP.com tells about the charges filed against a woman who allegedly stole the identity of at least 10 patients who lived at the assisted-living...

5 Tips for Protecting Yourself from Tax Refund Identity Fraud

  The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) states that 85 percent or more than 125 million American taxpayers file their taxes electronically. As we learned in yesterday's blog, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax filing industry use technically advanced solutions to...

In Harm’s Way

Soldiers are accustomed to being placed in harm's way. They can anticipate the enemy, prepare for combat and be ready to engage at a moment's notice. However, it is difficult to predict how some enemies will actually attack. An article published in the Ledger-Enquirer.com...

Tired of Fraud

Many people look forward to retirement and the ability to finally live out their dreams during the ''Golden Years.'' Whether that vision includes a trip around the world, playing golf every day or buying an island in the Caribbean, money is a requirement...

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